Red Herrings and White Elephants

Bold as brass, cold feet, cock and bull, off the cuff, red herrings and white elephants. We use these phrases every day and yet have only the vaguest idea of where many of them come from. The origins of hundreds of common phrases are explained in this irreverent journey through the most fascinating and richest regions of the English language. Once you’ve read one, you’ll be diving back in to look up all the others. Red Herrings is full of amazing definitions that take us all over the world, including military traditions and famous people who lent their names to describe familiar situations. From the drop of a hat to the bitter end – you’ll never speak English in the same way again.



Format Hardback | 288 pages
Dimensions 118 x 184 x 32mm | 299.38g
Publication date 31 Oct 2004
Publisher John Blake Publishing Ltd
Imprint Metro Books, London
Publication City/Country London, United Kingdom
Language English
Illustrations note 40cartoons
ISBN10 1843581299
ISBN13 9781843581291


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